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Genetics and Microbial Biotechnology

Sriram Sridhar (Author)

Biotechnology is ‘the development of techniques for the application of biological processes to the production of materials of use in medicine and industry’. The successful use of microorganisms in bioremediation depends on the development of a basic understanding of the genetics of a broad spectrum of microorganisms, many of them not yet isolated or studied in any detail. Micro-organisms adapted to degrade specific pollutants have been found among populations growing naturally at polluted sites. However, the genetic mechanisms underlying specific adaptations are poorly understood. In the past, researchers have been unable to conduct genetic studies on these hard-to-culture organisms, but recent developments now make it possible to isolate and study genes of almost any organism. Scientists now can analyse genes that govern a wide variety of metabolic processes, including the degradation of environmental pollutants. Such genetic analyses provides information about mechanisms underlying the operation and evolution of degradation pathways. This book is structured to encourage the reader to use basic scientific and biochemical engineering concepts in genetics and microbial biotechnology.

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About the author

Sriram Sridhar

Sriram Sridhar (b. 1952) is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Science. He has a doctorate in Microbiology and his work in the area of biomedicals has been noticed by several leading scientists. He is particularly remembered for his 1981 paper on "Equine Liver Extract and Amelioration of Muscular dystrophy in Humans" presented at the Annual Science-Across-Frontiers Seminar at the University of Liege. He has over two dozen acclaimed papers to his credit. He currently heads the Research and Development department of a pharmaceutical multinational in Mumbai.

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Bibliographic information

Title Genetics and Microbial Biotechnology
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178882582
length 280p., Figures; 23cm.